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Welcome to the Western world

`Gallopin' Gooseberry' is the latest restaurant in the city serving American Italian cuisine.


SWANKY INTERIORS: The newest kid on the block. - Photos: Satish H.

ROAD No. 3 of Banjara Hills is fast emerging as the road of restaurants considering the number of eateries located on it. Starting from `Maxims' to the `Food Court' opposite L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, there are many serving different types of food. The latest restaurant is Gallopin' Gooseberry, an American Italian eatery (tel: 6686444).

A restaurant with contemporary swanky interiors - very geometric and abstract, this 75-seater is the venture of Sudhakar (who has a restaurant of the similar name in Greams Road, Chennai), Suresh and Aparna. As seems to be the practice these days, houses are converted into eating joints. And this one too is located in a house just next to `Southern Spice'. Judging from the modern interiors (with different coloured walls where white is combined with other colours like rust, pista green or even yellow which imparts a feeling of space and light to the rooms), interesting artefacts on glass shelves and the menu, this is surely for the yuppie crowd. But it does have something for the entire family - from the young to the old.

Vegetarians need to be warned - the menu is primarily non-veg (with egg used in quite a few recipes). It is not that there is nothing for the veggies - it's just that the range is limited.

In such a `youthful' joint, the appetisers have to include French fries, chicken wings, nuggets and cheese balls. Soups and salads are a must in many restaurants and Gallopin' Gooseberry is no different - there are five soups and salads to choose from.

Burgers are a plenty. Fifteen to be precise, and the menu card gives interesting descriptions. They are served with French Fries as is customary. Sandwiches too come in varieties and are available in plain or toasted in white or wheat bread. But most of them contain mayonnaise - so that debars all those who do not eat eggs. Sandwiches and burgers which are well made are likely to be hits with the young crowd.


MAMA MIA: Check out the 15 varieties of burgers.

Pastas served with garlic bread form the main dishes. Steaks and baked dishes are the other entries. Some of these dishes are bland for the spicy palate, and hence on has to add the zing with pepper and of course extra helping of sauces which are provided on request.

The above-mentioned items are for those exposed to Western foods and tastes. The local cuisine has not been given a go-by. The Indian foodie too has something - with the platters (veg and non-veg consisting of rice, salad, Indian bread and a choice of the four main dishes available). Frankies or the Indianised version called kathi rolls with paneer and vegetables, chicken and lamb stuffing are spicy and ideally suitable for the Indian palate.

The USP of the restaurant besides burgers and sandwiches are the numerous juices and milk shakes with intriguing funky names and the favourite of many - ice creams.

The prices are not too exorbitant and Gallopin' Gooseberry gives a taste of the `New World' cuisine.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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